Wednesday 21 February 2018

'Anytime I hear that door opening... I still think it's going to be her' - Liam Neeson on Natasha Richardson's death

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson and his late wife Natasha Richardson in Nell.
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson.
Liam Neeson and late wife Natasha Richardson pictured together in Dublin in 2008. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Sasha Brady

Five years after Natasha Richardson passed away in a tragic ski accident in Canada, her husband Liam Neeson has opened up about the heartbreaking decision to turn her life support machine off.

The Irish actor said he knew he had to make the difficult decision after he discovered his wife was brain dead.

"I went into her and I just told her I loved her. I said 'Sweetie, you're not going to come back from this,'", he told Loaded magazine.

"She and I had made a pact. If any of us got into a vegetative state we'd pull the plug.

Liam Neeson and his late wife Natasha Richardson in Nell.
Liam Neeson and his late wife Natasha Richardson in Nell.

"So when I saw her and saw all these tubes and stuff that was my immediate thought, 'OK, these tubes have to go. She's gone'."

Tony-winning actress Natasha died in March 2009 while on a skiing holiday with her family. The 45-year-old fell on a beginner's slope at Quebec's Mont Tremblant resort.

Her fall initially appeared minor but five days later the mother-of-two died from blunt trauma to the head, caused by massive internal bleeding in the brain.

Neeson admitted that he still doesn't feel that her death is real and told the magazine he sometimes expects her to walk in the door.

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson.
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson.

"Her death was never real. It still kind of isn't.

"There's periods now when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years... anytime I hear that door opening, I still think I'm going to hear her," he said.

Liam Neeson and late wife Natasha Richardson pictured together in Dublin in 2008. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Liam Neeson and late wife Natasha Richardson pictured together in Dublin in 2008. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The Silence star also revealed that he turned down the role of James Bond due to Natasha's influence.

Speaking to Men's Journal magazine, Neeson said that he was considered for the role which ultimately went to fellow Irishman Pierce Brosnan.

"I was being considered. I'm sure they were considering a bunch of other guys too," he said.

He married Natasha in 1994 but told the magazine that she had threatened to not walk down the aisle if he accepted the part.

"Women. Foreign countries. Halle Berry...," he said before admitting he doesn't regret his decision. "It's understandable. She was like, 'You're going to ruin your career'."

"It's no big deal. It's nice to be inquired after."

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